Four of the 12 graduates of the Workforce Development initiative designed “to create more highly skilled Bermudians in preparation for current and future labour needs within the Hospitality Industry”, have been offered immediate employment.

Speaking at the Restaurant Server Programme recognition event held last Thursday, Minister of Labour, Cultural Affairs and Sports, Lovitta Foggo, commended Take Five Limited, the facilitators and students for the “successful launch” of the programme.

“It’s no secret, that within the next few years two prestigious hotel chains will be opening their doors in Bermuda,” said Ms Foggo.

“This Government and all our relevant stakeholders have an obligation to ensure that local talent interested in careers within the hospitality industry are equipped with the skills needed to attract and retain gainful employment.

“I believe that, more initiatives like this will foster the development of Bermudians to lessen the knowledge gap of local talent within the hospitality industry,” she added.

The three-week academic and practical training programme offers “participants exposure to entry level positions within the industry”.

“Participants learned how to set tables, carry multiple plates, place orders, mix beverages, identify exotic foods, learn about food allergies and dietary needs, learn about wines and spirits and of course how to make a perfect cup coffee. What an exciting experience!”
Four of the participants were offered “immediate employment with Take Five Limited” at the end of training.
The Minister noted that “the names of the remaining participants were forwarded to other hotels and restaurants with good recommendations for sustainable employment opportunities”.

Four senior school students also participated in the training programme, “and look forward to potential summer employment opportunities in the Hospitality Industry”, she added.

“Each successful participant will receive an international certificate as a Restaurant Server from the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute and a Certificate of Completion from Take Five Limited.”
Ms Foggo also reaffirmed government’s pledge “to provide training and employment opportunities for Bermudians”.
“And we are delivering on that promise,” she said.

“I believe that this is an example of industry partnering with Government for the betterment of Bermuda and its people. I for one am excited to see what waits ahead for this programme and its participants.

“Congratulations to you all!”

  • Photos Supplied: Minister Lovitta Foggo, Workforce Development Director George Outerbridge, representatives of Take Five Ltd & the recent graduates